Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has provided an update on defender Ronald Hernandez.
The defender joined the club in January from Norwegian outfit Stabæk Fotbal, but has featured for just 66 minutes for his new club so far.
That appearance came against St Johnstone at the start of February, but the Venezuelan hasn’t been used since.
While he’s made the bench for the last three Premiership games, and two of the three Scottish Cup games, McInnes has been reluctant to play the South American.
McInnes has now explained why it’s been a bit of a slow start for Hernandez at Pittodrie, with the 22-year-old having simply not played regularly towards the end of 2019.
He told the club’s official website: “We have got to remember that we brought him in during January and that he hadn’t played for around seven to eight weeks.
“His body is in pre-season and because of the midweek games we have had and the demands of the games he has not been able to get a lot of match practice.
“He played last week in the Reserve Cup semi-final against Motherwell and did very well. He came through that. His general fitness is very good and his enthusiasm and desperation to play is clear.
“The games have been so important of late that we don’t have the luxury to just throw him in and have the patience to get up to speed. I have no doubt that he will play his part between now and the end of the season. It is great to have that exciting option from a defensive area.
“He will prove his worth I have no doubt about that.”
Hernandez getting up to speed will be welcome news for Aberdeen, with Shay Logan currently the only available right-back to McInnes.
Zak Vyner left the club in January to join Bristol City and cover is needed going forwards.
McInnes sounds confident the South American can come in and make a difference, and the competition he’ll provide will be welcome for a squad pushing to finish third and win the Scottish Cup.